While Kansas City is known for some of the best barbecue in the Midwest, Abilene residents need not travel far for competitive barbecue with a side of live music.
This barbeque-and-music event is known as Flower Power.
The event offers both sit-down and carryout dinners, as well as samples. Pulled pork, the main dish, is prepared by barbeque enthusiasts who compete in the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s Wheatstock Grill-Off.
A $10 ticket buys a hearty meal of pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, bread, cookie and iced tea. Children age 10 and under eat for $5.
To sample the barbeque creations of many grillers, try Flour Power’s Griller’s Choice Tastings. Teams entered in the Wheatstock Grill-Off State Championship Barbeque Contest will offer tastings at their grill sites on the lawn south of Sterl Hall. The tastings begin at 6:30 p.m. Tasting tickets are $1 each. Some tastings cost one ticket, while others cost two or three tickets.
Flour Power’s People’s Choice offers attendees the opportunity to taste, judge and vote for which barbeque tastes the best. For $2, attendees purchase a sampling containing barbeque from all the teams. This contest also starts at 5 p.m. in Sterl Hall.
As an accompaniment to the competitive tasting selections, the Sly Ridge Band plans to play country, rock and roll, classic rock and blues hits. The Sly Ridge Band concert and street dance will begin at 5 p.m. outside of Sterl Hall. Admission to the concert is free.
To purchase meal tickets, visit West’s Country Mart or contact Memorial Health Foundation at 785-263-6688. Tasting tickets are available from Flour Power volunteers at the event. The event is an annual fundraiser for Memorial Health Foundation. Proceeds benefit Memorial Health System projects. For more information, visit www.flourpowerks.org.